Tuesday, 11th May 2021

UN peacekeeping issue with UN to be discussed by Government

Colombo, Sep 26 (BAN/ AD): The decision by UN to ban deploying Lanka deployment of non-essential Sri Lankan army troops in U.N. peacekeeping missions will be taken up by government. The Government of Sri Lanka will soon discuss with the United Nations on the UN peacekeeping department’s decision.

Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement said “Following the statement of the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General yesterday (25 September 2019) that the UN Department of Peace Operations has decided to repatriate a Sri Lankan Army unit and individual officers currently serving with UN Peacekeeping due to concerns on the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, the Government of Sri Lanka is in discussion on this issue with the UN.”

Lt. General Shavendra Silva, who is alleged of war crimes daring the terrorist war, was recently appointed chief of the Sri Lankan army, eliciting criticism from the U.N., the United States, and the European Union.

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